Important Announcement:
At CU Denver, we strive to reduce barriers for students wishing to study at our institution. As such, effective February 1, 2024 for the Fall 2024 semester, CU Denver will offer the option of having an in-house international credential evaluation or external credential evaluations from WES and ECE for downtown Denver campus programs.

Graduate Admissions

Application deadlines

Applicants must make arrangements to ensure all their materials (including transcripts, references, and any required test scores) are received by the relevant deadlines below. Applications with outstanding materials are considered incomplete and will be canceled unless a request for deferment to a later term is requested.

All engineering graduate applicants must submit the following materials.

  • Application
  • Application fee – $50 domestic; $75 international
  • Statement of purpose – must be an original essay submitted with application. Scanned copies will not be accepted for submission.
  • Resume – must be submitted with application
  • Official transcripts – we require one official copy of each previous transcript. Send e-transcripts to the Graduate School at
  • Letters of recommendationtwo are required, except for Bioengineering, which requires three letters of recommendation.
  • Official GRE scores – the college has removed the evaluation of GRE scores for admission decisions. If choosing to submit, send scores officially through ETS using code #4875. Preferred minimum score of 300+.

Application deadlines


  1. Written application materials submitted are scanned for plagiarism​ and are added to a local database used for plagiarism detection.
  2. Funding is not guaranteed. All students should seek additional, external resources to fund their studies.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements

In addition to the above requirements, applicants earning from non-English speaking countries need to demonstrate English language proficiency as outlined below. 

Please visit International Admissions Graduate Admissions Process page for ELP delivery instructions and additional information.

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be waived if an applicant has graduated from the ESL Academy. Information regarding other considerations for exemption, including country of citizenship/origin, and special circumstances can be found here.

Please allow 3 weeks from test date for all GRE and ELP scores to post to your student portal.

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